the Americans will be gunning for McIlroy, says Monty
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[September 22, 2014]
GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) -
World number one Rory McIlroy will have a metaphorical target on his
back at this week's Ryder Cup in the same way Tiger Woods did in his
heyday, according to Europe's triumphant 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie.
Montgomerie believes all 12 members of the United States team
will relish the chance of claiming McIlroy's scalp if they are drawn
against the British Open and U.S. PGA champion in the foursomes,
fourballs or singles matches.
"Rory is the one player that America wants to play because they've
nothing to lose," the 51-year-old Scot told the Daily Express
newspaper on Monday.
"It was a bit like that for us against Tiger. When we did draw him
we would say 'Game on, I've got a chance here.
"If he beats me he's supposed to beat me, if he doesn't, well, what
a day for me and what a day for the team."
Montgomerie, who also featured in eight Ryder Cups as a player, said
European captain Paul McGinley may be tempted to "hide" McIlroy in
the opening foursomes or fourballs on Friday and Saturday.
"I think a lot of pressure is on Rory's shoulders," explained the
eight-times order of merit winner. "If the rest of the team see Rory
winning it gives them confidence.
"If the team see Rory losing in one of the first groups then it's
difficult to think 'we've got to pick up the pieces' so it's a huge
temptation to hide him away.
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"You don't want to put your main star out at number one because
the rookies in the American team can play and any one of them can
score a 66 and win," said Montgomerie who is Europe's third highest
Ryder Cup points scorer of all time with 23 1/2.
definitely be for hiding Rory the way Tiger was many times. We
expected him at number one in the singles in 2006 for instance when
America were well down at the K Club and he turned up at number
(Reporting by Tony Jimenez, editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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